By Jesii Dee
Ben Abraham delivers a well-written and composed record with thought put into the smallest details. The instrumentals are creative and cohesive supporting the melodies sung by Abraham, with the occasional accented word from his native Australia. It's a stand-out full-length record that sets the bar high and stays there from track one through track thirteen.
The first and title track is like an introduction that reminds me of a sunrise: calm, cool, and slowly building into something different before your eyes. “Sirens” flows seamlessly into “Time,” with its descriptive story of childhood memories and lost love along the way. “I Belong to You” is a bright song that gets the record going. It's got a great hook and it makes sense that it was a lead single prior to the record being released.
“She” is a classic and sweet little love song, completely devoted to describing the wonderful ways that "she" is. By the time “You and Me” starts, you've got a good idea of Abraham's style. This one has a faint more electric feel to it paired with some classical piano runs. It's a song that creates space within itself, and it's as if it breathes into that space as it continues. One of my favorites from the record, “Collide” is a tribute to fate. It’s a hopeful and reminiscent song asking to go back to before a break up, and yet wanting to literally run into them again down the line. It's one of the few times along the record that his vocals hit the edge of his range, but it works well within the context of the song.
“To Love Someone” brings in horns which add a nice twist to the song in the center of the record. “This is On Me” is a sweet and haunting duet with another personal favorite, Sara Bareilles, bringing in vocal harmonies and a second voice to the story. “Speak” is about the desperation to keep someone close, and his vocal range pushed to an edge not heard on other tracks. “Somebody's Mother” is a whispering story, again recalling much younger memories, sang over a mostly acoustic guitar from the start. Building up to an impassioned crescendo, this song is sung from an alternative point of view. “Songbird” is a lush and positive anthem of encouragement to close out the record.
I'm in love with this record. I have listened to it at least once a day for about two weeks now, and I have to say if you're into well-composed, romantic songs with a story to tell, this record is also for you. His music goes along well on a playlist with the likes of Joshua Radin, William Fitzsimmons, and Ben Harper.